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Themes are simply collections of settings to spruce up your computer’s appearance: You can save your favorite screen saver and desktop background as a theme, for example. Then, by switching between themes, you can change your computer’s clothes more quickly.

To try one of the built-in themes in Windows 8, right-click your desktop and choose Personalize. Windows 8 lists its token bundled themes, as well as an option to create your own. Click any theme, and Windows 8 tries it on immediately.


The window offers these themes, with options listed along the window’s bottom.

  • My Themes: Themes you’ve personally created appear here. If you have a Microsoft account, you’ll see a Synced Theme, which is the theme you’ll see on every PC you log into with that account.

  • Windows Default Themes: This category includes the bundled themes in Windows 8, including its original one, called simply Windows.

  • Basic and High Contrast Themes: This features high-contrast themes for the visually impaired.

Instead of choosing from the built-in themes, feel free to make your own by clicking the buttons for changing the Desktop Background, Window Color, Sounds, and Screen Saver. After creating the perfect look for your computer, save your work by clicking Save Theme and typing a name.

For more information about Windows 8 and its features, explore Windows 8 For Dummies, available online.

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